Zamier Ahmed, board member of the Turkish company Brightwell Holdings spoke to ttela.se and sounds pretty optimistic when it comes to the acquisition of Saab. He even claims that GM is positive to their attempt. I’d be cautious how big their chance really is, after all this is just one party among others who are interested in Saab. Still, it is ecouraging to read that there are still parties showing real interest in Saab.
In six months, Zamier Ahmed followed Saab’s development on the Turkish investment company’s behalf. Brightwell Holding, which operates globally with an expressed interest in the environment, wants to buy Saab for two main reasons, according to Ahmed: for the well-known and quality brand Saab, and for the most advanced technology available in the company.
– The potential of technology from including an environmental perspective fits very well into our policy, says Ahmed to TTELA on Tuesday.
Then wait Brightwell on responses from the receivers as to when a meeting may be required. Then hope Brightwell able to find out exactly how much of the Saab you want to keep in Trollhättan.
– We definitely want to keep production in Trollhättan, but need to look at exactly how much. But all is not inconceivable, says Ahmed.
During the past six months, he has been in contact with Victor Muller, with the hope of a share or a purchase of Saab as a whole. But, as Ahmed says, Muller chose to stick to the Chinese investors.
– I’ve also been in contact with GM during this process and they have been very positive for us, says Ahmed, who believes that the U.S. production line at will be very welcoming to a Turkish purchase of Saab.
– Our government also supports this fully. We believe that Saab could survive and with the right leadership to a bright future, says Ahmed, who mentions Saab’s supplier chain that likely “fragmented and highly corrupt” and is one of the measures Brightwell need addressing.
Brightwell Holdings previous experience in the automotive industry can be found in an acquisition in 2010 of a European electric car, and ongoing negotiations with an American car manufacturer.
– I can not mention their names yet, no.
From Di.se tonight: GOOGLE Translated!!!
The Turkish investment company Brightwell Holdings has more chance than China Youngman to buy bankrupt Saab. It believes the board member and spokesperson Zamier Ahmed. And he does not describe Victor Muller’s leadership in the sweet words.
Bankrupt Saab Automobile has attracted a range of stakeholders, including Chinese Youngman purportedly of today’s industry return to Trollhättan in the days to negotiate with bankruptcy trustees, Anne-Marie Pouteaux and Hans Bergqvist.
But they are not alone in wanting to buy Saab. Investment company Brightwell Holdings, based in Istanbul, is now awaiting responses from the receivers to get to a meeting.
“We are waiting for a signal from the receivers so that we can start discussions with them,” says Zamier Ahmed, Director and spokesperson for Brightwell Holdings, which is focused on investments in energy, transport and innovative technology.
Just before the turn of the year, he told TV4 West that the company has had the eyes of Saab Automobile over the past six months and had discussions with both the CEO Victor Muller and the former administrator Guy Lofalk.
Brightwell Holdings has previously expressed an interest in both technology and the Saab brand, but is now clear that they do not want to buy only part of the bankruptcy estate.
“We are interested in the Saab, not of small components such as just brand. We understand completely and keeps Saab brand heritage, its history and the high quality of products, “said Ahmed Zamier.
The aim is to continue to operate the Saab brand and to continue production in Trollhättan. To what scale is too early to tell, says Zamier Ahmed.
“We need more knowledge of the company’s structure before we can answer that. Some parts of the devices we would need to produce in other ways to save costs. ”
According Zamier Ahmed, a careful analysis of what went wrong with Saab and why it was so heavy losses.
“In the end, the company was very poorly managed. I will not mention any names. But if you have something as important as Saab Automobile with its heritage, its brand and a high quality product, so I see no reason why you can not keep selling the product, in the sense that you do not take care of business in a very, very bad way, “he says.
Saab Automobile has been run by Victor Muller, so what you say certainly throws a shadow over him?
“He has been chairman and CEO as of course the responsibility lies with him in the end, just as it would if I or someone else was in his position. Mr. Muller has a background in the automotive industry. To use an example: If you have heart trouble, go to a cardiologist, not to an orthopedist because he can not help you, “said Ahmed Zamier.
Do you have expertise in the automotive industry then?
“Yes, we do. Within our organization we have very experienced people from the automotive sector and companies like Ford and Jaguar Land Rover. We have knowledge of the entire process of production of cars, “said Ahmed Zamier and mentions Brightwell Holdings’ stake in the small French electric vehicle manufacturer Tilt.
What are you prepared to pay for the assets of Saab?
“It would be wrong of me to say it, because we are in this situation do not know what that is for sale.”
Brightwell Holdings has also been in contact with Saab’s former owner, General Motors, which earlier put spanner in the works for a Chinese takeover. As TTELA reported on Wednesday Zamier Ahmed believes that the U.S. production line at will welcome a Turkish purchase of Saab.
“GM is a major supplier to the current Saab models, so we need to know if they will continue to accept and deliver these components. We have had favorable discussions with them. ”
Do you think you have better chances than Youngman to pass from GM?
“Yes. GM has a very well established production of automobiles in China. It would not be in their interest to let Saab go to China because there is a conflict of interest there. ”